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Will the recent way NBC has handled the travellers situation impact who you vote for in future council elections?

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Kidsgrove Broadband Speed Test Update

kidsgrove broadband speedA few weeks ago we kicked of the Kidsgrove Broadband Speed Test. This is where we have been asking the residents of Kidsgrove and surrounding villages to test the speed of their broadband and report back in the findings. We have had a really positive response so far, with some very interesting results thrown up from the speed tests which have been carried out by Kidsgrove residents.

We reported how the Government has set the target for broadband speed to be 30mb in 2015 for the whole of the UK, something which got us thinking how well Kidsgrove is performing. Kidsgrove is an interesting area as some parts have access to Virgin Media and their fibre optic network, whereas other parts are left to rely on the aging BT copper telephone lines.  Kidsgrove to this date has not been listed on any BT Infinity upgrade plans.

It currently appears that in Kidsgrove the fastest broadband speed that has been recorded is with Virgin Media, which is an impressive 49.84mb download speed and an impressive upload speed of 4.79mb. This speed is miles apart from  the slowest speed which we have currently seen reported of 1.3mb and upload speeds of 0.3mb in Mow Cop. The average speed that we have calculated at the moment for downloads in Kidsgrove is 7.4mb which is well below the target that has been set by the Government.

We would love to have further contributions to our Kidsgrove Broadband Speed Test. If you want to take part then it is really quick and easy, simply follow the steps below.

  • Visit
  • Click the “Begin Test” button. This will now test the speed of your broadband connection.
  • Once complete you will see a box containing your Download and Upload speeds
  • Click the “comments” link below and share your Download and Upload speed.
  • Your done, thank you for taking part in the Kidsgrove Broadband Speed Test

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+1 #10 Ian H 2013-07-11 18:40
72.15 down and 18.84 up lol have been on fibre now for 6 weeks and am by whitehill co-op, lots of kidsgrove was acivated early and even the areas with virgin like the miner's estate are getting it too albeit from early 2014

forgot to add im with talktalk
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0 #9 Trevor 2013-07-11 17:20
download at 8.04 - upload 0.82 - rookery - was with o2 and that was brill - now with talktalk - leaves a lot to be desired .:-) roll on 2014
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0 #8 Amy 2012-11-28 13:25
I'm with sky my down load is 4.10 Mbps up load 0.64 Mbps in the Talke area
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0 #7 SPV4U 2012-10-19 08:20
here is the best website for checking when it will be available.

It does state by the end of 2013
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0 #6 Ian 2012-10-05 20:22
Quoting Steve:
Where did you find that information that Kidsgrove will be include in the plans for 2014? I haven't seen anything saying this yet but I could have missed it.

just found out today myself m8 its on an openreach spreadsheet i looked at this morning we are initially estimated for end of 2013 but that could mean anything and i reckon it will be closer to middle of 2014 anyhow this is super news for kidsgrove!!!
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0 #5 Steve 2012-09-27 22:55
Where did you find that information that Kidsgrove will be include in the plans for 2014? I haven't seen anything saying this yet but I could have missed it.
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0 #4 Bill 2012-09-26 16:59
Just run the test and I am 3.94mbs download and 0.62mbs upload. I am in Church Lawton (Cheshire) but served by Kidsgrove exchange. I have just heard that BT have now included Kidsgrove in thier fibre optic (FTTC) roll out plans until 2014.
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0 #3 Mick 2012-09-24 13:32
In Newchapel I've just got 7.03Mbs download and 0.85Mbs upload. But that is at 1:30 on a Monday afternoon. Over a weekend and at peak times it is incredibly slow.
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0 #2 chris 2012-09-23 14:49
I have just done your speed test my result was 24mb download and 88 upload no wonder my cumputer is so slow.
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0 #1 Janine 2012-09-19 20:42
Download 2.49 upload 0.52

And it regularly disconnects
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